Spectrum offers several programs that help young people learn to navigate the challenges associated with transitioning to independent adulthood.
These can include learning how to find a job, going to and paying for college, learning how to drive, or managing personal finances.
“Spectrum was life-changing for me… I wouldn’t have successfully gotten through high school or learned to live independently… I felt like I had a family away from my family. Everyone cared about my well-being so much.”
This program works with youth ages 12-22 who are at risk of becoming involved with the justice system or foster care, are homeless, pregnant or parenting, or otherwise facing a crisis.
Our team will work with the youth (and their families if available) to help them become more stable and gain access to supports and services that can help them get their lives on track. We typically meet with youth and their families more than once per week for about six months. Click here to download the referral form.
Mike Fife, 802-864-7423 x203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BARJ Program supports youth who are engaged with the Juvenile Justice System and/or DCF, by providing restorative interventions. Program staff work with young adults ages 12-23 who are at risk for involvement in the justice system have been adjudicated and may be on probation with DCF-Family Services.
Our team provides youth assessment and screening to determine risk and refer youth to services, implements case management services for youth and their family based on their specific needs, develops restitution supports to work with the youth in meeting their restitution requirements and manages of the restorative process to give victims and the community an opportunity to discuss the harm that was caused by the youth.
Ivy Burnell, 802-864-1556 or email@example.com.
This program offers case management services to about 200 youth ages 15-22, who are, or have been, in foster care or state custody through the Department for Children and Families in Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties.
Our goal is to help these youth transition to a self-sufficient and thriving adulthood by working with them in eight areas of their lives: housing, employment, health and mental health, hard and soft skills, goal setting, assessing needs and strengths, and higher education. We also encourage youth to advocate for themselves and develop strong leadership skills.
Khara Janssen, 802-864-7423 x221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The JOBS program is an innovative, intensive case management program for young adults ages 14-26, which promotes healthy transitions to independence using employment as the catalyst for progress.
The program focuses on young adults who have multiple barriers to success, such as those who are experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse challenges, have dropped out of school, are at risk of homelessness, are exiting the foster care system, or have been involved in the correctional system.”
Through this program, we focus on supporting young adults with finding and keeping stable, competitive, fulfilling employment, while working to overcome barriers which jeopardize successfully transitioning into adulthood. We believe that a positive work experience is crucial in providing the confidence, increased self-esteem, and financial security necessary to make a successful transition into adulthood and independence.
The JOBS program is a collaboration between Spectrum, HowardCenter, and VocRehab Vermont.
191 North Street, Burlington VT, 05401.
Gina D’Ambrosio, 802-864-7423 x337 or gd’email@example.com.
The Multicultural Youth Program (MYP) works with young adults from diverse backgrounds who self-identify as multicultural.
Our goal is to help them connect to resources, services, and programs in the community, develop leadership and peer mentoring skills, and gain the knowledge, life skills, and encouragement to success on their particular paths of education and growth.
Daimeyon Williams, 802-864-7423 x428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.